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Top tips for packing and moving effectively

Top tips for packing and moving effectively

It’s the prime time of year for moving house. Lots of people decide to sell their homes around this season because bad weather (hopefully) won’t be an issue while moving, there’s no school holidays to worry about, and the sun will make properties look their best. With the excitement of moving house, there also comes a lot of stress. At Big Yellow, we understand this, which is why we like to help lighten the load. When packing up, it’s tempting to think that if you get it all done in one day then it will be out of your way. In fact, we think it’s best to plan ahead. Think about the necessities that you’ll need in your new home from day one. You can use Big Yellow as a half-way house – anything that you don’t need just yet, […]

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Cardboard Creations: Personal Cinema

Cardboard Creations: Personal Cinema

Along with helpful DIY tips and life hacks, our Twitter is also filled with cardboard creations, such as a submarine, a racing car, and even a rocket. In this post, we’re going to show you how to create your very own personal cinema in just 10 easy steps. Virtual reality googles are fast becoming a thing of the present rather than the future, but if you’re not ready to fork out for a real headset, this cardboard cinema will keep you and the kids entertained on the weekend. Step 1 – what you will need: • Small cardboard box • Mobile phone • Stanley knife • Black card • Double sided tape • Black gaffer tape • Pen NB: Parental supervision required if using a Stanley knife Step 2 Remove the bottom of the box. Place two strips of double […]

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Home Improvement Month: Quick & Easy Tips

Home Improvement Month: Quick & Easy Tips

Research shows us that Brits spend big when it comes to home improvement, with one in three households spending £2,000 a year on it. However, 43% of jobs are left unfinished when DIY-ers loose interest and give up, according to Saga Home Insurance. April is widely known as Home Improvement Month, with many people starting jobs to update their house. To make a difference to your home, remember you don’t have to take on big jobs with big budgets. A few little spruces here and there can really help make your home look fresh. Here’s some tips to get you feeling inspired. Create an illusion Narrow hallways can sometimes feel like you’re in a tunnel. An easy way to avoid this is to paint the end wall a darker shade than the sides, which will help it feel more open. […]

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National Gardening Week: Tips & Tricks

National Gardening Week: Tips & Tricks

This week is National Gardening Week, and to celebrate we’ve got some great tips to get you in the mood to head out into the garden. Remember, you don’t need to have a garden to do gardening. There’s lots of types of indoor plants, and small potted ones that you could have on your balcony. If you’re just starting out, growing herbs or chillies on your windowsill is fun and rewarding too. Remember to check out our Twitter feed for daily life hacks. Protect yourself Muddy and sore knees are a sign of a keen gardener, however it’s not ideal. Reuse a wall from a cardboard box and wrap it with bubble wrap for a comfy knee protector. Double up A wire basket, which is easy to make if you’re into a bit of DIY, is a great way to […]

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Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Has anyone else noticed that the sun is finally trying to poke his head out and welcome in the season of spring? We have, and it’s a great excuse to get your home looking tip top for all the entertaining you’ll be doing in the months to come. Stock up on what you need – all-purpose cleaners, natural cleansers such as baking soda and vinegar, sponges, brushes – and put on some summer tunes to get yourself in the mood. Here’s some great tips to help you on your way to a fresh home. One by one To help avoid unfinished jobs, do one room at a time. Even if it’s a room a day, the satisfaction of seeing one room complete will spur you on to do the rest. Shower curtain Find that your shower curtain is starting to […]

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Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating

When thinking about doing a renovation, it’s vital to do your homework and know what you’re getting into before you start. If it’s not you doing the work for yourself, you’ll need to know what to look out for and what your contractor is doing. There’s some commonly seen, easily avoidable mistakes that can make a big difference in a successful renovation. Here’s a few watch outs if you’re planning to do some work to your home. Doing it on the cheap It’s important to realise that when it comes to home renovation, you need to wait until you can afford the decent materials. Many people make the mistake of trying to do it cheaply, but the bottom line is that you will get what you pay for. Also, it’s wrong to think that going green with your home project […]

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Big Yellow is supporting Go Dad Run 2016

Big Yellow is supporting Go Dad Run 2016

We’re proud to announce that for the third year running, Big Yellow Self Storage will be supporting Go Dad Run. This year, Go Dad Run is hosting a series of 5K and 10K runs for men and boys to raise awareness of, and funds for, Prostate Cancer UK. The runs will take place across six UK cities – London, Bristol, Cardiff, Worcester, Sunderland and the Isle of Man – on the weekends leading up to Father’s Day on the 19th June. Go Dad Run was created by World Championship hurdler Colin Jackson, and aims to encourage men in the UK to regularly check their bodies and expand their medical knowledge around prostate cancer. The events are open to any male – dads, sons, grandfathers, uncles, nephews, brothers, cousins or friends, and costs for entry vary depending on age and what […]

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Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment: Preparing your home for a pet

For animal lovers, getting a pet is probably one of life’s most exciting moments. While welcoming a four legged friend into the family is not to be taken lightly, it should be full of fun and transform your house into haven of love and laughter. Here’s a few tips on how to prepare your home and ensure that your new pet settles in nicely. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer useful tips every day. Animal chores Before the new addition arrives, create a chart that gets the whole family involved with looking after it. For example, allocate someone’s name to feeding it, training it and exercising it each day so the responsibility is split between everyone. A clean & safe house Clean your house inside out and evaluate what might need moving around or even putting […]

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Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Business blog: Smarter storage for your stock

Do you run your own business from home? Do you find that you have stock here, there and everywhere? If yes, then we may have the answer for you. As your company grows, it’s inevitable that your amount of merchandise will also grow. However, your home may not, meaning you’ll become swamped in stock with no storage left for anything else. There comes a time when you have to think about where to store everything, and start looking around for the best storage deals. Traditional warehouses may expect long leases with no scope for ending early, downsizing or even upsizing. They also increase your overheads, with additional charges such as utility costs, and may charge higher business rates as well as an initial deposit. The savvier solution is to use self storage. At Big Yellow, one of the biggest benefits […]

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How to make your household more green

How to make your household more green

At Big Yellow, we know the most important space of all is the environment that surrounds us. That’s why we continue to work hard to create an environmentally friendly business. It doesn’t take much to make your household more green. A few small changes here and there can really contribute to helping the environment in the long term. Lighting Probably the simplest way to help reduce your footprint is by changing your lightbulbs to energy saving alternatives. The Energy Saving Trust says that homeowners can knock £100 a year off their energy bills by switching to energy efficient bulbs. At Big Yellow, most of our stores use energy efficient lighting, which are also motion-sensored, so it’s only on when you need it. Our external signs also use LED lights, which are up to 60% more efficient than the previous lighting […]

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